Masters of Taste to Bring Over 70 Culinary, Beverage and Sweet Masters to Rose Bowl Tomorrow!

Mango Passion Fruit Chocolate tarts from Porto’s Bakery at the 2018 Masters of Taste preview, March 7, 2018. (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

The 3rd Annual Masters of Taste, L.A.’s premier outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival that will take place on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the field of the Historic Pasadena Rose Bowl!

Masters of Taste 2018 will bring over 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts together from all over Greater Los Angeles for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 40 Culinary Masters, Sweet Masters, and Beverage Masters who will be featuring signature handcrafted cocktail tastings from 25 spirit brands and bars.

A premier 50 yard-line cocktail bar will feature top Mixologists from four of L.A.’s most distinguished drinking destinations, select wineries, local craft breweries, cold-pressed juices cold brew coffee, live entertainment and much, much more.

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu
Chef Tony Esnault of Spring at the 2018 Masters of Taste preview, March 7, 2018. (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

100% of the proceeds from Masters of Taste 2018 will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Sponsors HomeStreet Bank, Judith L Chiara Foundation, Western Asset Management, Woodford Reserve, Kaiser Permanente, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Kauffman Wealth Management and Zonin USA have helped make it possible so that 100% proceeds go to Union Station Homeless Services.

In the last two years, Masters of Taste has raised nearly $1 Million in support of Union Station’s life-saving programs.

Some of this year’s Masters of Taste 2018 participating Culinary Masters and Restaurants include Ardour Hospitality Chef Michael Hung (Los Angeles), Alexander’s Steakhouse Chef Travis Flood (Pasadena), Ayara Lūk Chef Vanda Asapahu (Westchester), Bacchus Kitchen & Eatery and Claude & Co. Chef Claud Beltran (Pasadena), Bistro Mon Cheri Chef Kimmy Tang (Pasadena), Bone Kettle and Komodo Chef Erwin Tjahyadi (Pasadena and Los Angeles), Bourbon Steak Chef Kyle Johnson (Glendale), Celestino Ristorante Chef Calogero Drago (Pasadena), CHAYA Chef Joji Inoue (Downtown Los Angeles and Venice), Church & State and Spring Chef Tony Esnault (Downtown Los Angeles), Dérive Chef Shane Alvord (Pasadena), Eat @ Rollin’ Joe’s Chef Mark Salazar (Los Angeles), Fahrenheit LA Chef John MacLellan (Los Angeles), Garlic & Chives Chef Kristin Nguyen (Garden Grove), Grill Em All Chef Ryan Harkins (Alhambra), Gus’s Barbecue Chef Mike Stern (South Pasadena), Jaffa Chef Anne Conness (Los Angeles), Kato Chef Jonathan Yao (Los Angeles), Lost at Sea Chef Tim Carey (Pasadena), Lunasia Dim Sum House Chef Lee Hau Fu (Pasadena and Alhambra), M Cafe Chef Atsushi Kenjo (Melrose and Beverly Hills), Mercado, Mercado Taqueria, Maradentro, Yxta Cocina Mexicana Chef Jose Acevedo (Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Brentwood, Studio City, Downtown Los Angeles), Momed Chef Alex Sarkissian (Beverly Hills and Atwater Village), Nerano Chef Michele Lisi (Beverly Hills), Ramen Tatsunoya (Pasadena), Redbird Chef Neal Fraser (Downtown Los Angeles), SOL Cocina Chef Deborah Schneider (Newport Beach and Playa Vista), The Bellwether Chef Ted Hopson (Studio City), The FLATS Chef Paul Shoemaker (Beverly Hills), The Raymond 1886 Chef Tim Guiltinan (Pasadena), Wax Paper Chef Peter Lemos (Frogtown), Welltopia Chef Lulu Cai (Hollywood), Wolfgang Puck Catering (Los Angeles), World Empanadas Chef Matthew Hirtz (Burbank), XO Chef Michael Hung (Mid-town Los Angeles), and more.

Wines from the Hitching Post at the 2018 Masters of Taste preview, March 7, 2018. (Photo by Monique A. LeBleu)

A select group of Los Angeles Top Sweet Masters will showcase an assortment of delectable desserts such as the deliciously scrumptious scratch baked custom cakes from Butter Cake Shoppe, Creme Caramel, traditional and wildly creative gelato flavors from Fatamorgana Gelato, homemade premium sorbets from Helados Pops, Chocolatier to the Stars Mignon Chocolate, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Porto’s Bakery, Zooies Cookies and much more.

Beverage Masters who specialize in barley and hops will be presenting top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests to sample, sip and savor all throughout the event, including Southern California favorites Indie Brewing Company, Iron triangle Brewing, Lincoln Beer Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., San Fernando Brewing Co., State Brewing Co, and more.

Peter Lloyd-Jones of the Raymond 1883 making Manhattans at Masters of Taste 2018 Preview (Photo by Elise Thompson)

A specially curated collection of Wine Masters Ascension Cellars, Cosentino Winery, Foris Winery & Vineyards, Hitching Post Winery, Y3 by Jax Vineyards, Kieu Hoang Winery, Lorimar Vineyard and Winery, Anderson Valley’s Navarro Vineyards and Wrath Wines, to name a few, will be showcasing their finest varietals.

Some of L.A.’s top bartenders and cocktail bars will be creating first-rate craft cocktails, including Peter Lloyd-Jones of 1886, Devon Espinosa of Sunset & Vinyl, Colin Pflugradt of SOL Cocina, and Pasadena’s Magnolia House. Top brands showcasing their finest spirits will also include American Born Moonshine, Dulce Vida Tequila, Woodford Reserve and ZYR Russian Vodka, and many more.

Hydrating is important while enjoying good food, cocktails and sunshine, so a variety of premium non-alcoholic Beverage Masters will also be on hand, such as Bai, Boxed Water, Califia Farms Juices and Cold Brew Coffees, Dry Sparkling, Groundwork Coffee, Immordl energy elixirs, cold-pressed juices from Nekter Juice Bar and Zico Coconut Water, and more.

Masters of Taste 2018 is tomorrow, Sunday, May 6th, 2018, at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103. A VIP Power Hour will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and General Admission will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

There’s still time to get tickets! Visit Masters of Taste 2018 to get them. Be aware ehat tickets to this event are only available for guests 21+ and over, and guests are encouraged to utilize car services – Lyft, Uber, Taxi, etc. – since this event does serve alcoholic beverages. however complimentary parking will also be available at the event.

Previously on The LA Beat: A Preview of May’s Masters of Taste Food Festival.


About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, and shameless foodie and wineaux. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. As well, a background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food—the world's best Mac n' Cheese!
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